Open Thread: Republican Reality TeeVee

Gosh…we have been deprived of Republican Reality TeeVee lately. Well…a debate started a few minutes ago. I’ll try live blogging it if I can find a stream on the intertubes or radio.

Go to town with your own commentary in the thread.

5:12: Got it…you can stream the debate here.

5:14: As I tune in, Romney and Santorum are doing the opening bickering shtick.

5:15: First words out of Newt’s mouth: “When I was speaker, we balanced the budget.”

5:17: Ron Paul earns the title Jedi Diphthong Master.

5:20: Rick: Just think what the teabaggers can do with Santorum!

5:25: Lost my feed while Mitt was talking about how conservative he was as MA Gov.

5:26: Rick Santorum puts on that “disgusted face”, usually reserved for sex-related matters, as he talks about Mitt Romney asking for and getting Olympics earmark money.

5:34: Pardon our brief live blogging interruption. My computer decided to die. All better now.

5:42: Yay for companies going bankrupt!!!!

5:46: The candidates and the audience tries to bully John. Newt Gingrich goes in to “indignant mode.” “Barack Obama voted to kill babies!”

5:51: Ron Paul: “The pill cannot be blamed for the immorality of our society.”

5:55: Newt: “Whenever the government provides services, they have the power of tyranny.” What the fuck?!?

5:57: Ron Paul goes into incoherent babble mode for a few seconds.

5:58: The audience is sure doing a lot of booing…not always clear who they are booing or why.

6:01: Mitt, if he becomes president, vows to throw tons of young people off their parent’s insurance, throw millions of poor people off of insurance, and make insurance unaffordable for millions of people with preexisting conditions. Nice.

6:31: *Snicker* Santorum said “feckless.”

6:34: Rick Santorum creates his own version of “the axis of evil”. The Santorum version is Syria and Iran.

6:36: Santorum: “A second Obama term will result in a cataclysm in the Middle East!!!!”

6:38: *Snicker* Mitt said “feckless.”

6:39: Mitt and Santorum are talking about the terrible news coming out of the Middle East. WTF? Nothing beats “bad news out of the Middle East” like, 4,000 dead U.S. soldiers, hundreds of thousands dead Iraqi’s, and zero weapons of mass destruction.

6:41: Santorum, “Politics is a team sport, folks.” Newt’s thinking, “marriage, too!”

6:55: Santorum implies that Mitt is “beating the tar out of him” with money. Ummm…Rick, that isn’t “tar.”


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    rhp6033 spews:

    Well, this ought to be entertaining. I hope somebody asks them why they are conducting a war against Catholics. After all, the debate closed down the parking lot of the adjacent Catholid church (for “security purposes”), and they had to cancel their Ash Wednesday service.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    Oh, and somebody ought to ask Santorum if he thought the federal goverment poverty programs should be cut, leaving it up to the churches to support the poor. If he says yes, then ask him why he gave less than 2% to charity.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    Of course, all this attention on Santorum has left Romney without the attention he deserves. Let’s let him sweat a while while he tries to explain that the U.S. auto manufacturers should have all gone bankrupt in early 2009.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    Funny how the three front-runners for the Republican nomination depend upon the largly Protestant Bible Belt as their base, but two of them are Catholic and the other one is a Mormon. I’m wondering how this is all going to play out on Super Tuesday.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Guns Don’t Kill People Dep’t

    “A third-grade student is in critical condition at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center after being shot in the abdomen … by another third-grade student at Armin Jahr Elementary School just before school let out at 1:30 p.m., according to Bremerton police.”


    Roger Rabbit Commentary: We all know a gun is an inert object that can’t hurt anyone until an 8-year-old kid picks it up, takes it to school, points it at another kid, and pulls the trigger. It isn’t the gun’s fault! It’s the fault of the jackass who left a loaded gun laying around where this boy could find it. But Republicans think any jackass should be able to own a gun without a background check, permit, or being required to take firearm safety classes. Why would anyone vote for Republicans?

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    proud leftist spews:

    God help the US of A if any of these clowns becomes president. I wouldn’t hire any of them to do anything for me. They are just megalomaniacal shills for the rich.

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    Michael spews:

    Did I miss anything? I’ve been finishing up a plumbing project in my basement.

    On a related note, if I ever find the joker that put an aluminum lock-ring on a steel pipe I’m going to wring his neck.

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    Michael spews:

    It appears that the faster-than-light neutrino results, announced last September by the OPERA collaboration in Italy, was due to a mistake after all. A bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer may be to blame.

    I’m laughing my ass off right now…

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    6:31: *Snicker* Santorum said “feckless.”

    Heh. Puddybud must have hooked up as one of little Rickie’s “advisers”.

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    YellowPup spews:

    After 20 debates, Newt’s “indignant mode” (5:46) is really getting tired and insipid. I was in another room, and couldn’t even hear the question or what he was saying, but I could infer it all from the arc of the indignant tone.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I didn’t watch any of tonight’s debate. I was busy with other things, thank the Great Mother Rabbit Spirit.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Employers are growing intolerable. Now, hiring managers not only use your credit score, but also your “Facebook score,” to evaluate you as a job candidate.

    Roger Rabbit: In view of how demanding employers are these days, I think the minimum wage should be raised to $50 an hour. Anybody who puts up with this shit deserves to make at least $100,000 a year.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Sounds like a Joe The Plumber job. I wonder if he’s been extradited to Arizona for his unpaid traffic tickets yet?

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    A quick check of Wikipedia shows Joe the Plumber doesn’t tinker with pipes anymore; he’s now a “motivational speaker,” his most recent appearance being at a pro-Scott Walker rally in Wisconsin earlier this month.

    This guy long ago ceased being a “producer,” if he ever was one, which is debatable.